Clerk: Mrs Joanna Noles
26 Church Street, Church
Piece, Charlton Kings
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
GL53 8AR

About us

CK Health Connect sprung from an understanding that the roots of optimum physical and mental health lie not in hospitals or GP surgeries, but in our communities. For many people, connecting with support groups and outreach community services within their neighbourhoods is critical to achieving health and well-being.

Following a Community Open meeting in May 2019, which attracted over 60 people, we launched our project to tackle loneliness and isolation across the Charlton Kings community. Through engagement with one of our main GP medical practices Sixways, local pharmacies, churches, Community Social Prescribers and other grassroots community organisations, the Parish council confirmed the need for actively supporting 'social prescribing' initiatives across the parish. '

Social prescribing' involves helping medical practice patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to existing community services. Such an approach is supported regionally and nationally in response to the fact that 6-18% often of the UK population report often feeling lonely: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/loneliness-annual-report-the-first-year/loneliness-annual-report-january-2020--2

How we started

We employed a Community Development Researcher on a short-term contract, which was co-funded by the Parish Council and a grant from Gloucestershire's 'Growing our Communities' fund. Phase One of the project involved the research and mapping of existing support services/activities available locally in Charlton Kings and in the wider Cheltenham area. The information was put together as an online Directory for Social Prescribers working in the area, but also as an accessible hard copy full colour version for distribution across community hubs.

Whilst the research found a considerable number of support services and activities across Charlton Kings, a comprehensive report from the Community Development Researcher made recommendations for further service developments in the following areas, to build community resilience:

  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Transport & Mobility
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Young People & Families

The project is now focused on working with our partners from the 'Core Group' in building on the recommendations arising out of the research report, starting with a community engagement exercise in understanding more about individual and collective experiences of the past 15 months in lockdown, due to Covid-19.

Our partners

Parish Councillors Penny Hall, Lynda Johnson and Ros Smith are delighted to be working with the following partner organisations, to support the resilience, health and well-being of the Charlton Kings Community:

  • Badhams Pharmacy
  • Balcarras Academy School
  • Caring for Communities and People (CCP) Social Prescribers
  • Charlton Kings Infant School
  • Charlton Kings Library
  • Charlton Pharmacy
  • Charlton Kings Senior Citizens Welfare Committee
  • Cheltenham Borough Councillors: Paul McCloskey
  • Cheltenham Borough Homes
  • Emily Vincent Educational Psychology Services
  • First Line Physio
  • Friends of Charlton Kings
  • Holy Apostles Parish Council
  • ITSchools Africa
  • NHS Directory Services Team, Gloucestershire
  • Sacred Heart Church
  • St. Mary's Church
  • St. Edwards Senior School
  • Sixways Medical Clinic
  • Tic+ (Teens in Crisis)
  • Zest Personal Development